Dear Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner,
I would like to know the following:
1. Within the civil family court, is it a criminal offence for any professional to:-
a) Tamper with records in an attempt to influence the outcome of a family court case (private or public law)
b) Falsify, tamper, misled or alter medical or NHS documents in an attempt to influence the outcome of a family court case (private or family law)
c) Falsify, tamper, misled or alter other professionals documents in an attempt to influence the outcome of a family court case (private or family law)
d) Falsify, tamper, misled or alter, or conceal concerns of child abuse in an attempt to influence the outcome of a family court case (private or family law)
e) To intimidate professionals not to whistle blow in an attempt to influence the outcome of a family court case (private or family law)
f) To intimidate parents (I.e. stop them from reporting dishonesty to the local authority, ombudsman, police, or their MP, media)
g) To entrap parents (i.e. social workers tell a parent to do something, then use it against them)
h) To knowingly place a child at significant risk of harm, for example, place a child with a known paedophile (and conceal historic evidence/allegations from courts)
i) For professional(s) to knowingly conceal or cover for the dishonest actions of other professionals.
j) For a judge to knowingly ignore evidence that a professional has acted dishonestly.
For the purpose of this request please assume that the records or statements (verbal and/or written) will or may be used by professionals within the family courts.
2. If the above is a criminal offence, which offence has been committed?
3. If the above is not a criminal offence, what can parents do to seek justice?
4. How many parents have reported dishonest professionals within the local authorities 6 unitary authorities in Berkshire, to the police that have acted in a similar manner to what we have listed in Q1 (please go back 3 years)
5. How many investigations have been launched against a local authority within the 6 unitary authorities in Berkshire, CAFCASS and any persons acting in a professional capacity within the family courts (please go back 3 years)
6. Out of these investigations how many have led to prosecutions. (please go back 3 years and list successful/unsuccessful prosecutions)
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